LOLA MONTÈS
1955, Janus Films, 115 min, France/West Germany, Dir: Max Ophuls

Director Max Ophuls' last completed film is based on the life of dancer and femme fatale Lola Montez (1821-1861). This epic historical romance revolves around the two most famous of Lola’s many affairs - with composer Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The most expensive European film of its time, LOLA MONTÈS flopped at the box office, but its artistic influence is highly acclaimed by film critics to the present day.


TYRUS
2017, 78 min, USA, Dir: Pamela Tom

One of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century, Tyrus Wong was a production designer, illustrator, painter, muralist, ceramicist and lithographer perhaps best known for his haunting landscape backgrounds in the Disney classic BAMBI. Through interviews, archival footage and never-before-seen artwork, this beautiful documentary traces Wong’s life and career from his birth in China to the studios of the Golden Age of Hollywood to the beaches of Santa Monica, where the centenarian loved to fly his colorful, handmade kites.


GENIUS
2017, National Geographic, 120 min, USA, Dir: Ken Biller

The premiere season of National Geographic Channel’s first scripted anthology series is based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book Einstein: His Life and Universe. Through 10 episodes, GENIUS charts how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk, who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate, unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe. Starring Geoffrey Rush (as the elder Albert Einstein), Johnny Flynn and Emily Watson.


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